I recently went to mu first beachside hoop jam in Thailand. I think its safe to say that I’ve embraced my inner hippie. What’s not to want to embrace? The sea breeze in your hair, funky beats playing in the background as you hula hoop with joy! Besides being a good laugh, its also a great workout. Its easy to get caught in the idea that exercise needs to be hard conjuring up phrases like “Feel the buuuurn!”, “No pain, no gain”, but that’s simply not true. I think its an extension of how hard we like to be on ourselves in all areas of our lives. But this isn’t to say that hula hooping is easy. Actually, it took me a while to get into the swing of being able to keep it up and the smaller the hoop is, the faster you’ve gotta move those hips! Beyond the basics, for those who’ve mastered them, there are a ton of cool tricks you can use to keep on challenging yourself (see video below). So, for anyone who thinks this is just child’s play, here are five ways that hula hooping makes for an awesome workout. Plus, what’s so bad about child’s play?
1. Its a Core Workout
Hula hooping is all about moving those abs. One problem some of us newbies were having at the hoop jam was not engaging them enough – once you realize how to contract and relax them in rhythm, you’re golden. It also targets a number of core muscles as you use a whole range of motion; there is the tightening of your rectus abdominus as well as the usage of many peripheral core muscles as you twist and circle.